Long Live The Queen!

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In 1953 I was se­lected to rep­re­sent Sus­sex in a tour of Canada that the Queen and the Duke of Ed­in­burgh had taken the pre­vi­ous year. This tour was spon­sored by Garfield We­ston, the Cana­dian in­dus­tri­al­ist and phi­lan­thropist, and there were 50 Bri­tish and 50 Cana­dian teenage girls on the tour.

Be­fore we left for Canada we spent the day on a stand in Ox­ford Street watching the Corona­tion. The Bri­tish girls were in Hunt­ing Pink jack­ets and the Cana­di­ans were in Royal Blue suits and we sat in the shape of ER II, with the Bri­tish girls mak­ing the let­ters and the Cana­di­ans the back­ground. I was the end of the “E” (pho­to­graph).

We were able to see the ac­tual cer­e­mony on TVS on the stand, too. We met Odette Churchill, the war hero­ine, and her daugh­ter trav­elled with us to Canada.

It was the most won­der­ful day, with all the fab­u­lous colours, af­ter the drab war years that we had ex­pe­ri­enced.

Many of us are still in con­tact af­ter 65 years, and we are so proud of our Queen.

Jill Gir­ling (nee Wil­liams), Wilt­shire.

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